Singapore’s gig economy: Can you really make a good living?
In this pandemic, people working in gig economy has come under the spotlight as they have been one of those most greatly affected by this economic downturn.
Yet, in April 2020, Deliveroo announced that its top-earning rider raked in S$7,095 in March which draws us to discuss what exactly is the earning potential of the job as a food rider?
According to TODAY, riders shared that this figure would be near impossible to achieve, especially now that competition has increased as more and more people like taxi Drivers, private hire Drivers and people who suddenly found themselves on no pay leave are all turning to delivery gigs .
In Singapore, those who rely on the gig economy to support their family ranges goes beyond that of food riders, grab drivers, or Amazon delivery Drivers. Tutoring is also part of the gig economy. Some full time tutors have lamented their income has been halved due to the Circuit Breaker, citing that some parents are just not keen on online tuition and would rather wait it out for regulations to cease so that they will resume tuition.
There are a myriad of reasons why people choose or have to work in a so called gig economy, for them, working five to seven days a week for close to eight hours a day isn’t just an added bonus, but an urgent necessity. A livelihood that they badly need.